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Cities of London & WestminsterParliamentary constituency
- Votes: 17,049
- Vote share %: 39.9
- Vote share change: -6.7
Liberal DemocratChuka Umunna
- Votes: 13,096
- Vote share %: 30.7
- Vote share change: +19.6
- Votes: 11,624
- Vote share %: 27.2
- Vote share change: -11.2
- Votes: 728
- Vote share %: 1.7
- Vote share change: -0.4
Christian Peoples AllianceJill McLachlan
- Votes: 125
- Vote share %: 0.3
- Vote share change: +0.3
Liberal PartyDirk van Heck
- Votes: 101
- Vote share %: 0.2
- Vote share change: +0.2
Change compared with 2017
- CON majority: 3,953
- Registered voters: 63,700
- Change since 2017: +4.3
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Local Democracy Reporting Service
City of Westminster Council leader has announced she will leave her role after she was elected as an MP last night.
Nickie Aiken said she felt "dazed" after a long campaign which saw her win the Cities of London and Westminster constituency.
Straight away, the new MP pledged to help the capital's rough sleepers.
She said: “My main priorities for the constituency will be to try and work with ministers to really tackle the on-going issues of rough sleeping we have in London and to change their lives around.
“And short term lettings have got to be addressed. It’s caused a massive issue and that’s really got to be addressed. It’s caused major problems many many for people in central London.”
She will be tendering her resignation next week as Leader of the Conservative controlled Westminster City Council as she said you can’t do both jobs.
Nickie Aiken has been elected MP for Cities Of London & Westminster, meaning that the Conservative Party holds the seat with an increased majority.
The new MP beat Liberal Democrat Chuka Umunna by 3,953 votes. This was more than Mark Field’s 3,148 vote majority in the 2017 general election. Former Streatham MP Chuka Umunna left the Labour party in Feb 2019 and with other MPs founded The Independent Group, which is now called The Independent Group for Change. In June 2019 he left TIG to join the Liberal Democrats.
Gordon Nardell of the Labour Party came third and the Green Party's Zack Polanski came fourth.
Voter turnout was up by 4.3 percentage points since the last general election.
Nearly 43,000 people, roughly two-thirds of those eligible to vote, went to polling stations across the area on Thursday, in the first December general election since 1923.
Three of the six candidates, Zack Polanski (Green), Jill McLachlan (Christian Peoples Alliance) and Dirk van Heck (Liberal Party) lost their £500 deposits after failing to win 5% of the vote.
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The Conservatives have held on to Cities of London and Westminster .
The constituency, which covers the houses of parliament, had been represented by former foreign minister Mark Field for 18 years until he announced he would retire at this election.
The seat became a tight three-horse race.
Westminster City council leader Nickie Aiken, has won the seat with a majority of 3,953.
She beat Chuka Umunna, the former Labour Minister into second place. Former City lawyer Mr Umunna quit Labour in February and formed an Independent Group and before moving to the Lib Dems and quitting his previous constituency of Streatham.
Labour's Gordon Nardell, camde in third. Mr Nardell is a former Labour councillor in Southwark and a barrister advised the party on its approach to dealing with anti-semitism complaints.
BBC London correspondents are reporting higher than usual turnout in London counts.
Londoners normally turnout to vote in greater numbers than the national average. The capital saw a 70.1% of eligible voters turning out in 2017 compared to 68.8% across the UK.
Turnout in Putney is now reported as 77.4%, up from 72% in 2017.
Battersea turnout 75.8% compared to 71% in 2017.
"Feels like an angry remain vote talking," BBC London's Political Editor Tim Donovan said.
But more votes to count normally means later results. We could be in for a long night.